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Philippe Zdar of the French dance music duo Cassius falls through a high window in Paris until his death

Member of the French dance music duo Cassius, who worked with the Beastie Boys and Kanye West, falls through a high window in Paris until his death

  • Philippe Cerboneschi, also known as Philippe Zdar, died in Paris at the age of 50
  • The musician, who was half of Cassius, fell out of a window on Wednesday evening
  • Zdar was also a producer and collaborated with Beastie Boys, Kanye and Franz Ferdinand
  • Cassius & # 39; fifth album, Dreems, will be released tomorrow

Philippe Cerboneschi – known by many under his stage name & # 39; Zdar & # 39; and who formed half of the French dance act Cassius – accidentally died in Paris.

Cerboneschi fell through the window of a high Parisian building on Wednesday evening, said agent Sebastien Farran. He was 50 years old.

Mr. Farran, who pays tribute to the musician and producer, said to Le Monde: & His friends join their family in their infinite sadness. Tonight the music has lost a genius. & # 39;

Philippe Cerboneschi, known to many as Philippe Zdar and one half of the French dance act Cassius, accidentally fell out of his window at the age of 50.

Philippe Cerboneschi, known to many as Philippe Zdar and one half of the French dance act Cassius, accidentally fell out of his window at the age of 50.

Active in the French music scene since the 1980s, Cerboneschi founded his best known Cassius project in 1996 with Hubert & # 39; Boombass & # 39; Blanc Francard.

The pair has released four albums so far – 1999, released that year; Au rêve in 2002, 15 Again in 2006, and Ibifornia in 2016.

Cassius & # 39; fifth album, Dreems, is available on Friday.

Apart from Cassius, Cerboneschi was known as a producer and made music with people like the Beastie Boys, Franz Ferdinand and Kanye West.

He helped produce the break-out album of the indie band Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Pheonix, released in 2009, for which he won a Grammy the following year.

He also contributed to Hot Chip's latest album, A Bathful Of Ecstasy, which is also released on Friday.

Cerboneschi was born as the son of hotelier parents who ran a branch in Aix-les-Bains, about 80 miles east of Lyon.

He initially worked as a waiter before recording a Eurythmics poster in a Paris studio and decided that he wanted to find & # 39; this magic & # 39 ;.

Philippe (right) has been active in the music field since the 1980s alongside Hubert & # 39; Boom Bass & # 39; Blanc-Francard (left). The couple made five albums under the name Cassisus

Philippe (right) has been active in the music field since the 1980s alongside Hubert & # 39; Boom Bass & # 39; Blanc-Francard (left). The couple made five albums under the name Cassisus

Philippe (right) has been active in the music field since the 1980s alongside Hubert & # 39; Boom Bass & # 39; Blanc-Francard (left). The couple made five albums under the name Cassisus

His musical career began with him as a drummer in a speed metal band and a punk singer before that he fell in love with hip hop and techno.

Cerboneschi took a job in a music studio and rubbed shoulders with French stars such as Serge Gainsbourg, Etienne Daho and Vanessa Paradis.

He worked for a time with artistic director Dominique Blanc-Francard, the father of his future musical partner Hubert, who introduced the pair.

They started making music together in 1988 by producing albums for the French hip hop artist MC Solaar, before they did it in 1991 under the name La Funk Mob.

In 1996 they changed to Cassius when they released the Foxxy house music track, before working on a series of remixes.

Three years later they released their first commercially successful song Cassius 1999, which debuted in the UK Singles Chart at number 7, before releasing their first album later that same year.

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